Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Jun 25, 2013
    Jaynee Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Planning a split stay between AOA and POR for 10 total days. Which is the cheaper way to buy base tickets for 3 adults...5 tickets each stay or 1 day at one and 9 on the other? Any suggestions? Love the panel, so helpful with everything!


    That is an excellent question!

    So with all answers, you want to make sure that the solution I suggest is one that works on your specific vacation package. Dining plans, and other add-ons can change this.

    But your suggestion of getting a 9-day ticket, along with a 1-day ticket is the best of your two choices. That is because you are moving into a ticket that takes advantage of Disney's discounting of days as your vacation gets longer and longer. There is a wrinkle, however. While they used to sell a one-day ticket that worked at any park, they now have two versions of their one-day ticket. One is for going to the Magic Kingdom, the other, which is a bit less expensive, is for any of the other three parks. Regardless, you are talking about a difference of almost $200 with the 9+1 vs. the 5+5.

    HOWEVER, there is another way! Why don't you just have one of your stays be a ticket less trip, with the other stay being tied to a 10-day ticket? So basically a 10+0, vs. a 9+1? That would save you even a bit more, somewhere in the range of almost $80 more in savings!

    BOTTOM LINE: Ticket packages come with stipulations, especially when tied to ticket options, dining plan deals, and other packages. If you are working with a Disney Authorized Travel Agent (and I suggest you do!), ask them if you can do a 9 or 10-day ticket tied to your first hotel, and have your other reservation be either without ticket, or for just a one-day ticket. That should maximize your savings, and you could be pocketing several hundred dollars per person in money you could spend on dining or souvenirs!

    Have a magical vacation!

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